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Human Tissue Act May Have Helped Research, Says Study

Fears that medical research using tissue such as blood or material from biopsies would be obstructed by the Human Tissue Act 2004 may have been unfounded, a new study from the University of Leicester reveals. In fact, the research suggests that the Act may have helped medical research by giving Research Ethics Committees clarity when making decisions. Many medical researchers in UK universities and research institutions had feared that the legislation would unduly restrict research based on tissue samples and that ethics committees might struggle to interpret the Act. But the study by University of Leicester researchers Emma Angell and Mary Dixon-Woods suggests these fears may have been misplaced.

Doctor-Patient Relationships Complicated By The Internet

Patients who ask their doctor about information they have read on the Internet, or webs that better inform them of their diagnosis, are no longer a rarity. A study undertaken by Spanish researchers reveals the advantages and disadvantages of online medical enquiries. Some 31% of doctors believe that the Internet complicates their relationship with patients and undermines their credibility. Health information on the Internet is changing the relationship between doctors and patients. "Although the e-patient is a new phenomenon that is growing exponentially, very few studies analyse it from a doctor's point of view, " Jos√ Joaqu√ n Mira, main author of the working paper published recently in the journal entitled "Atenci√ n Primaria" (Primary Health Care in English) and a researcher at Miguel Hern√ ndez University explained to SINC.

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Proposed D.C. Council Bill Would Mandate HIV Testing In Local Jails

A bill proposed by Washington, D.C., council member Marion Barry (D), which "has been stalled in committee since July, " would mandate HIV testing and counseling for all district jail inmates upon admission, the Washington Post reports. Since 2006, the district has administered "voluntary HIV tests to all inmates upon admission, although they can opt out, " and "99 percent, or more than 27, 000, inmates have opted to take the test, according to the Department of Corrections, " the newspaper reports. Walter Smith, executive director of D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Corrections Director Devon Brown and HIV/AIDS Administration Director Shannon Hader all oppose mandatory testing, according to the article.

Drinking Among College Students Affected By Cheap Drinks At College Bars

It's no secret that alcohol use among college students can cause a number of problems, including injury, violence and even death. A new study has examined the impact of drink discounts at college bars, finding that low alcohol prices at drinking establishments pose genuine threats to public health and safety. Results will be published in the November issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View. "It may seem intuitive that cheaper alcohol can lead to higher intoxication levels and related consequences - such as fighting, drunk driving, sexual victimization, injury, even death - especially among the vulnerable college student population, " said Ryan J.

Study: Retail Clinics Offer Quality Care

Retail walk-in medical clinics offer quality care, according to a new study. U.S. News & World Report reports: "Writing in the Sept. 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, study author Dr. Ateev Mehrotra said that retail clinics - which are typically staffed by nurse practitioners and found in drug stores and other retail chain stores such as Target and Wal-Mart - provide a good standard of care for sore throat, ear infections and urinary tract infections. Mehrotra is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a policy analyst at Rand Health." This type of clinic has become widespread. "One such operation is CVS's MinuteClinic, the focus of Mehrotra's research.

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Study Takes Long View To Analyze Cost Savings From Prevention

A new study raises questions about cost savings from prevention. The Washington Post reports: "Preventive services for the chronically ill may reduce health-care costs, but they are unlikely to generate the kind of fantastic savings that President Obama and other Democrats have said could help pay for an overhaul of the nation's health system, according to a study being published Tuesday." "Using data from long-standing clinical trials, researchers projected the cost of caring for people with Type-2 diabetes as they progress from diagnosis to various complications and death. Enrolling federally-insured patients in a simple but aggressive program to control the disease would cost the government $1, 024 per person per year - money that largely would be recovered after 25 years through lower spending on dialysis, kidney transplants, amputations and other forms of treatment, the study found.

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